Are You A Writer?

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When did you realise you were a writer?


I saw this question on The SITS Girls website as one of their March prompts and it inspired me to write this post. 

Morgan's Milieu | Are You a Writer?: Lit up Macbook Air.


Every writer ought to sit down and think about this question. Be honest with yourself, when did that realisation hit you?

When I was a child (teens) I wanted to be a writer. My English teacher in Comprehensive School encouraged me to try and loved my stories. I wrote stories all the time and had a pretty decent imagination. I enjoyed entertaining people with the words I wrote and dreamed of the day I would write a real book.

Then I grew up. 

Saying that sounds like writing was a pipe-dream but I don't mean it that way. When I left Comprehensive School a lot was going on in my life and I didn't have time for dreams. I had to grow up fast and ended up going to College to train to be a Secretary. I needed a job and this was the quickest way I could think of getting into the workplace. My writing dreams faded and I soon forgot how much I enjoyed writing.

Fast forward 12-13 years, after having children and being thrust into a new routine, I rediscovered my love of writing. I spent a couple of months writing the first draft of a terrible novel, I even managed to write "The End" but didn't consider myself a writer. At the time I defined a writer as someone who had written a book and had it traditionally published. 


I don't think that anymore, blogging has taken over a large part of my daily life and finishing my second novel is an ongoing battle. I suffer from writer's block and other afflictions too, like the self-doubt demon. I write every day, ideas pop into my head at the most inopportune times and I'm always thinking about writing.

I first realised I was a writer early this year after reading a brilliant blog post from Honest Mum. Her post Be Who You Want To Be prompted me to start referring to myself as a writer. With linkys like #WhatImWriting and #AllAboutYou encouraging me to blog daily and the constant battles with self-doubt and writer's block how could I not call myself a writer? So yes, I AM A WRITER.




I want YOU to take a moment and think about this question. 

Don't automatically answer "I'm not a writer", really think about it.


Do you write almost daily? Sitting at a computer and typing blog posts DOES count, even typing posts out on your phone counts. Are you inspired to write posts or stories at all hours? Do you think about writing all the time? 

If you answered yes to any of those questions you ARE a writer.

I'd love to hear when you realised you were a writer, please share in the comments.

Brilliant blog posts on HonestMum.com

12 comments:

  1. Fab post Morgan! The first step to thinking of myself as a writer was two and a half years ago when I was pregnant with my third baby and my second had just started nursery five mornings a week - I suddenly had a bit of time to myself (for a few months) and fancied filling my maternity leave with something other than sleep deprivation and nappies so I seized the moment to have a go at my long held - but largely ignore - ambition to be a writer. I classed myself as an 'aspiring writer' at first 'till I read something that made me realise that was the wrong way to view it. Writers write. If you are writing you are a writer. Since then I've tried to embrace thinking of myself that way! I still don't mention it to many people though and it's not on my personal FB profile or anything so it's clearly an ongoing struggle to consider myself A 'proper writer'! Blogging helps, and having some limericks published helped too but I'm still a way away from introducing myself as a writer. I'll get there in the end! I'm interested to hear how others feel on this too- thanks for linking to #WhatImwriting

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    1. Thanks Maddy. I was the same, calling myself an 'aspiring writer' but you're right and I think I must've read the same thing too. I am on the brink of introducing myself as a writer. At the moment there's only the Hubby and my boys that know I'm a writer, the rest of the family don't. The more I write, the more I feel like it's what I was meant to be doing. I don't know what it would take to make me feel like a 'proper writer' - what does that mean anyway? I think maybe it's just a title ALL writers aspire to. At least I hope so anyway. Thanks for commenting hun, it's lovely to hear other people's journeys. :) xx

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  2. Funny I have always classed myself as a writer, I have always wanted to be one and l love doing it. Maybe because I did some copywriting in my career too but you're right there are so many amazing bloggers out there and they are all writers. Most don't even realise it. Great post x

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    1. Thanks Laura. You're right about bloggers not realising they are writers too, even those who are paid to do so! Thanks for stopping by and commenting. xx

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  3. Wonderful post Morgan, and I'm so touched to be mentioned in this context! I think that writing comes from deep inside you, that need, that want to express yourself through words - it's either there or it isn't, and it clearly is with you. I love to write, and always have. As a child I always write stories, and then in my teens angsty poetry before coming back to writing short stories, long missives, and now my blog is my outlet and I love that. I always saw my mother writing every day and perhaps she passed that love and that need to write on to me too. I am so impressed with you that you are truly grasping your dreams and writing your second novel, amazing! Live and own your dreams! Xxx

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    1. Thank you so much Zaz. That second novel is proving a little more difficult to finish but I will do it. I'm determined. :)

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  4. Great post hon, and I'm pleased that you're getting to do what makes you happy. I didn't class myself as a writer until I'd published my book, but I now realise that I've always been a writer. I kept diaries throughout my childhood, travel journals on the road and have been blogging since 2010. I just need to figure out a way of writing for a living now xxx

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    1. Yes, writing for a living would be a dream! I wonder if having a book published is the key? Is that what flips the switch in your head and you finally believe that you can do it. Perhaps it's just the times we grew up in and these days with blogging and everything that maybe younger people would consider themselves writers as soon as they began. Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting. xx

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  5. It means so much that my post inspired you to define yourself because you are one. It's so crucial to believe in skils, all those skills and start telling yourself and the world you are what you do. Thank you and keep being amazing! Thanks for linking up to #brilliantblogposts x

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    1. Thanks so much Vicki, you are truly an inspiration. xx

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  6. The dream of being a writer (or doing anything else creative that doesn't pay the bills!) often has to be pushed out of the way while you get on with life. I can identify with everything else taking over and stopping you from pursuing what you really want to do. However it's good to reach that stage where you can make time for it and even if it's only a little bit of time each day, you're still a writer : )

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    1. You're so right Emily. I don't know why so many of us who write every day struggle with calling ourselves writers. It's wrong. We are all doing what we love, whether we get paid or not, and we should tell the world! :)

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